Keeping It Real

I'm a not-so-perfect mom of two. I know first hand the challenges of raising a child with anxiety as well as ADHD and some depression. So believe me when I tell you I understand the ups, the downs and the downright uglies of parenting.

Teenagers can be a mystery--interesting and fun one minute, silent or having a fit the next.  They can make you feel like you are at your wit's end. You can be doing everything right and things still feel wrong.  The high pressure and nonstop expectations are so difficult to navigate and balance as a family or individually. It is simply exhausting to try to do and say everything right. Sometimes parents simply need a reality check. I can be that--for the parent, the teen, or the whole family. 

I am not a  therapist. I am a teen and parent coach. I listen and ask questions but also have opinions, ideas and experience I'm willing to share. I offer a non-judgmental ear,  encouragement, and practical suggestions--advice from the trenches-- to make connecting in the family easier. You're the real experts on your family, but I can add effective support and perspective. I come at it all with heart, a good dose of humor and the simple recognition that no matter how hard we may try, none of us is a perfect parent. 


  • Parent Coach

  • Speaker at G3 Mother/Daughter Conference

  • CTI Co-Active Coaching

  • Certified Domestic Violence Advocate

  • Certified Teen Suicide Prevention Advocate

  • Facilitator Training

  • Suicide prevention hotline; Domestic violence Safe House

  • Board Member, Marin Wellness Initiative

  • BA in Psychology

  • Experience mitigating Stress, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Anorexia and Chronic Illness.

  • Published in Grown&Flown, ScaryMommy, The Mighty, RealityMoms, Thrive Global, ADDitude and Parent Co.

  • Member, The Psychology Network, Parenting 2.0

  • Board Member,  Tam High Foundation

  • Board Member, Mill Valley Aware

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Tel: 415-937-8171

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